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Comment: It already exists (Score 1) 181

We all have a timeline already. Acxiom has been tracking electronic spending and any other records they can get a hold of since 1969. Every adult in a first world country who isn't living off grid is tracked. Your profile is meticulously maintained and sold off to whoever wants it. They can infer women's menstrual cycles and let marketers know the best time to send targeted ads when they are most likely to have success. That is just the tip of the iceberg of the way these big data companies can influence your life.

Comment: Re:Better idea (Score 1) 562

by wiredlogic (#49171869) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

You can't possibly remember what each and every file type icon is on a typical computer these days. It is also subject to change if you have multiple applications fighting for control of the same types of files. A text extension can give a language parseable hint of what it is without requiring memorization of all possible file types. We are also no longer limited to three characters. Longer extensions are perfectly usable and silly anachronisms like .htm should just be phased out.

Comment: Ripe for snake oil salesman (Score 1) 375

by wiredlogic (#49160509) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

The PBS snake oil salesmen that come out during the periodic beg-athons manage to lie while spewing out facts as half-truths that don't support their entire argument. A machine is unlikely to be able to distinguish these sort of lies never mind the hordes of gullible people that fall for them.

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